PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on a pickup truck Thursday; the driver was wanted along with two 17-year-olds in a Punta Gorda Police gun and jewelry theft case.
The driver was 18-year-old Gerald Bradford Foster, 18, of 4492 Belfountain Street. A search of his pickup led to a container on the front seat that held three plastic baggies of marijuana, and two baggies of MDMA (Ecstacy) capsules. The search also led to $185 in cash.
Foster was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. He was additionally charged on Punta Gorda Police charges. The PGPD case began Feb. 17 when they were called to a home on South Seagrape Road. The victim said three rings and three shotguns were stolen, and he suspected his runaway granddaughter of the crime. After she ran away, she was found staying with a 17-year-old at his mother’s home.
The PGPD detectives learned that the runaway granddaughter talked Foster and the 17-year-old into burglarizing her grandparents’ home, and were to steal whatever they could. Foster drove them to the home when the grandparents were away, and stole the rings and shotguns. Two shotguns were sold and Foster kept one of them, which was recovered. The report said the 17-year-old disposed of the rings.
CCSO charged Foster with Possession of MDMA/Ecstacy with Intent to Distribute; Possession of MDMA/Ecstacy; Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Marijuana; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Foster remains in the Charlotte County Jail on $34,500 bond.
PGPD charged juveniles each with Grand Theft Firearm and Grand Theft. The 17-year-old boy was additionally charged with Armed Burglary. Both were booked into the Charlotte County Jail and were then transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers. PGPD said the runaway is currently on probation with the State of Maryland.